Mental Health: Spending — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:37 pm on 27th January 2014.

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Photo of Lord Patel of Bradford Lord Patel of Bradford Labour 2:37 pm, 27th January 2014

My Lords, does the Minister agree that the first step in developing and delivering effective mental healthcare services is the collection, analysis and dissemination of high-quality data that managers, practitioners and service users can understand, and that, without these, service development will be severely hampered? A case in point is the Count Me In census, which for five years collected high-quality, focused and detailed information on services for minority ethnic mental health patients. The Government did what they are doing again now—that is, incorporating that data collection system into a wider system. An invaluable tool has effectively been lost and that has severely hampered service development in this area. Can the Minister assure me that this data collection system will be brought back into this area of work?